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July Tracking Club: Small Mammal Survey

posted Jul 8, 2019, 11:58 AM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Jul 9, 2019, 7:29 AM ]
Sunday, July 21 
8:00am - 11:00am 

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is organizing a small mammal survey exclusively for members of the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project. We will work alongside Brie Ilarde, a small mammal researcher from the University of Minnesota, to document the inhabitants of Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. This is a great opportunity for us to learn about some of the diversity of small mammals in our urban environment.

Meet just inside the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary entrance:

the corner of Commercial St & 4th St E
St Paul, MN 55106

We will use Sherman traps, baited with peanut butter and set out overnight to capture the smallest mammals, larger cage traps for larger mammals, and of course track plates to discover who is living in the park. Together, our group will collect traps from three separate survey transects, then help Brie Ilarde identify and record species. Dakota is a great resource and happy to share his expertise about small mammals, they’re lifestyles, and how to identify them. We, in turn, may be able to offer some tips on identifying prints on the tracking plates. This is a great opportunity to spend some time outside, learn about our mammal neighbors, and contribute to a research project.

Sign me up!

The program is free for members of the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project, but registration is required and we are limited to 15 participants. To register:

Click Here for Directions

Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary